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Fiona O'Donovan, Waterford Institute of Technology, Psychology Matters Day.
However, in recent years, concerns have been steadily growing about how valid or ‘true’ some of these claims may be. Criticisms about scientific rigour are causing turmoil within the field. In 2015, over 270 social psychologists published the Reproducibility Project. 100 psychology experiments were repeated to see if they could generate the same result. Almost two-thirds of the studies failed to replicate.
In this talk, I will discuss the hallmarks of good science and how misaligned incentive systems can derail scientific progress. While fraud is rare, selective reporting, cherry picking data and poor analytic procedures are not uncommon. A positive outcome of this crisis has been a cultural shift in psychological science. More sophisticated techniques and a move towards openness and transparency have changed the landscape of psychological research and we are in the midst of what some are calling a scientific revolution.